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Happy Easter!

May the joy and hope of this Easter Season be yours in abundance.  And may the peace of the Risen Christ be with you always!


Palm Sunday, April 14

“Hosanna to the Son of David;
blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord;
hosanna in the highest.”

Matthew 21:9

Parish Offices Closed Today from 10:00am – 1:00pm

The Parish Offices will be closing early today, at 10:15am, to allow the staff to attend this morning’s Funeral Mass at St. Paul Church for Tony Cirella, husband of St. Paul Music Director, Mary Lee Cirella.

The Collaborative Offices at 39 Washington St. will be open in the afternoon from 1:00 – 4:00pm, and you can always reach that office by calling either parish phone number (St. Paul 781-235-1060 or St. John 781-235-0045.)

Holy Week and Easter 2019








7:30pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper
followed by Adoration until midnight
St. John Church


3:00pm Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
St. Paul Church
7:30pm Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
St. John Church


8:00pm Mass of the Easter Vigil
St. Paul Church


7:30am Mass at St. John Church
7:30am Mass at St. Paul Church
9:00am Family Mass at St. John Church
(with simulcast in Powers Hall)
9:00am Family Mass at St. Paul Church
(with simulcast in Parish Hall)
11:00am Mass at St. John Church
(with simulcast in Powers Hall)
11:00am Mass at St. Paul Church
11:00am Mass at St. Paul Parish Hall
There is no Sunday 5pm Mass on Easter Sunday

Stations of the Cross on Good Friday

12:00pm Walk with the Cross at St. John Church
(led by St. John Religious Education – all welcome!)
12:00pm Living Way of the Cross at St. Paul Church
(with St. Paul Religious Education – all welcome!)
3:00pm Stations of the Cross at St. John Church

Sacrament of Reconciliation
on Holy Saturday

10:00am – 12:00pm St. John Chapel

Easter Flowers and Music

easter flowersWould you like to make a donation towards our Easter flowers or Easter music in memory of a loved one during this holy season? If so, you may make a donation using an offertory envelope, the collection basket, online via WeShare, or by dropping your donation off at the Parish Office or in the mail. Please make sure to include the name(s) of those you want remembered in this special way. The deadline for submissions is Monday, April 8. Thank you!

Ash Wednesday, March 6

Lenten CrossPlease see “Upcoming Events” for the complete Ash Wednesday schedule for the Collaborative. 
The St. John-St. Paul Collaborative has a rich, full schedule of Lenten liturgies, programs and events – click here for more information: Lent 2019  Please join us on this Lenten journey!

Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner at St. Paul

Saturday, March 16
5:00-7:00pm St. Paul Parish Hall
Irish Dinner
Pizza for Children’s Meal
Beer * Wine * Water * Coffee * Desserts

**LIVE Irish Fiddle music by Al Mackay **

$20 per Adult / $5 Children’s Meal
Babysitting and kids games available in Lower Parish Hall.

Please purchase tickets in advance
to help with headcount.

Tickets available:
St. Paul Parish Office
SJSP Collaborative Offices at St. John
After the 4pm, 7:30am, 9am, 11am Masses at St. Paul
Via email @

For more information, to make a monetary or dessert donation,
and/or to help organize and decorate, please email

Update on the Summit

Prelates attend the opening session of the meeting on the protection of minors in the church at the Vatican Feb. 21, 2019. (CNS photo/Evandro Inetti, pool)

Click below to read this update from America magazine:

Pope Francis presents 21-point “road map” to guide discussion at abuse summit

Lent 2019: Renewal

Please click here for our Collaborative Lenten program of liturgies, lectures and events.

Holy Week 2019: We Are One In Christ

My dear friends in Christ,

It is hard to believe that we are approaching the third Easter I will celebrate with you as your pastor.  It has been a blessing and privilege to walk the journey of faith together. I truly feel “at home” in the community we share and thank you for your welcome and care.  During these times of unprecedented (at least in our lifetimes) turmoil in the wider Church, your faith and support have sustained me.

There is no time in the Church calendar more sacred than the Paschal Triduum.  At the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, we give thanks for the gift of Jesus Christ, truly present in the Eucharist, who has called us to serve in His name as we wash each other’s feet.  We experience the depths of God’s love for us as we recall the Lord’s death on a cross on Good Friday.  And at the Easter Vigil, light triumphs over darkness as we celebrate Jesus’ victory over even death itself.  Jesus is our life and our hope.  Now, more than ever, we need Him and we need each other.

One difficulty in the past two years for my fellow priests and me is that we longed to celebrate these sacred days with “our community”.  It was difficult to have to choose to be at one parish or the other on each of these sacred days.  This year, we are inaugurating our first Collaborative-wide Triduum.  We experienced a powerful sense of unity and solidarity last fall as over a thousand people from both of our parishes gathered together for Mass at the Wellesley High School Football Stadium.  At this time of trial and crisis in the Church, we need that solidarity.

This year, our two parishes united will celebrate:

  • The Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday at 7:30pm at St. John
  • The Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday at both churches: at St. Paul at 3:00pm and at St. John at 7:30pm
  • The Easter Vigil at 8:00pm at St. Paul

Each year, we will alternate the venue for Holy Thursday and the Easter Vigil.

We invite you to take advantage of an exciting array of offerings in our Lenten programming as we prepare together for the great Paschal Feast.  I am ever grateful for the witness of your lives as disciples of the Jesus Christ.  Your faithfulness gives me hope for our Church!

With love and gratitude in Christ,

Fr. Jim